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Campus Vision 2050 will be developed through comprehensive engagement with the campus community and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and informed by existing UBC policy, principles, future space needs and societal imperatives. The process also incorporates feedback from focus groups held as part of the pre-planning work that concluded in December 2021.

Community input and feedback will be used to help envision the future we want to see for the campus and assess trade-offs and choices for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the complexity of interests, needs and aspirations.

Each phase of the process will build on and adapt to what is learned through engagement and technical analysis.

Existing university policies, critical university needs, and direction from the Board of Governors will provide a framework, and the engagement process will be highly responsive to emerging issues and ideas.


Campus Vision 2050 timeline

Major stages and milestones in the Campus Vision 2050 process.


Where we have been

In late 2021, UBC Campus + Community Planning developed Preliminary Terms of Reference for Campus Vision 2050, with input from the administration, discussions with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm representatives and focus groups with the UBC community.

This pre-planning process identified preliminary needs and aspirations for the future of the campus. Organized under eight themes, the needs and aspirations reflect a preliminary assessment of community interests and articulate a range of institutional commitments and policy priorities, as well as preliminary growth needs, goals and actions that the process will address.


Illustration of an open book
Illustration of a world map
Illustration of two tall apartment buildings
Academic Mission
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Campus Indigenous Communities
Climate Action
Affordable Housing




Illustration of a butterfly on a colourful background
Illustration of a leaf
Illustration of a circular road or route
Illustration of four large bubbles
Wellbeing
Ecological Sustainability
Connectivity and Mobility
Innovation and Partnerships


Needs and Aspirations (January - April 2022)

The first phase of Campus Vision 2050 focused on further exploring, enriching and refining the needs and aspirations and identifying areas of compatibility and synergy between them and areas where there may be tensions.

This work will result in the Final Terms of Reference, which will include guiding principles and strategies that will guide the rest of the process as we develop and assess a wide range of planning options for the future.

What we are working towards

Campus Vision 2050 will result in:

  • 30-Year Campus Vision: a high-level, long-term description of the campus along with a series of conceptual plans and diagrams. It will address areas such as land uses, transportation, open space and ecological relationships and connections, where, when and generally how much development there will be, places where there will be no development, and the general look and feel of the campus. As part of this phase, the timing and proposed form of development of the future Stadium Neighbourhood will be considered and adjusted in the context of the long-term vision for the campus.
  • Updated Land Use Plan: covers the entire campus, including academic and neighbourhood housing areas,* and establishes the long-term direction for land use on campus, including policies for building heights, neighbourhood densities, and open space amounts.
  • 10-Year Campus Plan: will guide how academic facilities, housing, transportation systems, green and open space, and community amenities are accommodated over the next 10 years in alignment with the 30-Year Vision.

*Before a neighbourhood area can be built, a Neighbourhood Plan is prepared that details the layout and development program, following the policies set out in the Land Use Plan.


You can find more information about land use planning at UBC here (links to the Campus + Community planning website).


What Campus Vision 2050 will include

Campus Vision 2050 will focus on the physical development of the Vancouver campus, both academic and neighbourhood lands and result in updates to UBCs Land Use Plan and a new 10-Year Campus Plan. It will include:

  • Overall spatial layout of the campus, including the relationships between land use, development and the ecological, social, and physical connectivity requirements for a healthy thriving community of the future.
  • Defining areas of growth and no growth.
  • Exploration of academic and neighbourhood development and density ranges, and corresponding proportions of services, amenities and open space.
  • Changes to existing land use policies will be considered including: land use categories and boundaries and future neighbourhood development amounts and building heights.
  • Areas of opportunity within existing neighbourhoods or precincts will also be reviewed in the context of the future needs.
  • Coordination with broader planning that is considering how UBC’s physical presence in Metro Vancouver will evolve, including at UBC Robson Square, UBC Learning Exchange, Great Northern Way Campus, and other existing and potential sites across the region, including Surrey.
  • Quick start projects that can demonstrate action on immediate campus needs.


Engagement approach

Campus Vision 2050 involves comprehensive, transparent and inclusive engagement.

The engagement process will build on the Engagement Principles from the Engagement Charter and lessons learned from previous planning processes. It will forefront equity, diversity and inclusion approaches for broader representation, including building partnerships with groups who are historically marginalized and underrepresented and offering a range of opportunities to meaningfully engage multiple audiences with diverse needs. Engagement opportunities will include a Community Advisory Committee, targeted meetings with campus groups, campus-wide events, smaller group sessions, design charrettes, expert panels, workshops, walking tours, pop-up events, surveys and an online portal.


xʷməθkʷəy̓əm engagement

UBC and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm are co-creating an engagement process for integrating xʷməθkʷəy̓əm input into Campus Vision 2050.

The engagement process will seek to understand and incorporate xʷməθkʷəy̓əm values, needs and interests at each stage of Campus Vision 2050. This will complement and build upon ongoing initiatives between UBC and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm as well as incorporate learnings from the engagement approach used by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm for their Comprehensive Community Plan, including activities and events to engage both xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Council and the broader xʷməθkʷəy̓əm community.


Planning approach

Campus Vision 2050 will ensure the future direction for the campus builds on what makes UBC a special place and enhances the livability and character of the campus within its unique context.

It will address the complexity of needs and aspirations through a whole systems approach that considers the social, ecological, cultural and financial dimensions of the plan holistically, to create a net-positive benefit for the campus, including sustainable growth of the endowment.

To do so, Campus Vision 2050 will:

  • explore and assess a wide range of development scenarios against qualitative and quantitative measures for optimizing value and benefit to the university, the community and the land, including:
    1. xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and campus Indigenous community values, land use efficiency, campus character and livability, urban design, open space, social and community wellbeing, climate, natural systems health; and
    2. the financial viability of different neighbourhood development scenarios, including the ability to support affordable housing for the UBC community and the broader region and future contributions to other university priorities such as UBC’s Endowment Fund and a potential financial contribution to bring SkyTrain to UBC;
  • employ methods, processes and approaches that specifically seek out the best relationships and proportions among all the parts so the campus community and ecology thrive as an integrated whole; and
  • support the development of planning options with technical and design analysis and metrics, leading urban design and sustainable community planning research, and promising practices review.

Guiding principles and criteria, technical and design analysis, and community input and feedback will assist in generating and assessing a range of options for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the needs and aspirations.

The process will strive to maximize synergies and co-benefits in order to meet as many of the institutional and collective needs and aspirations as possible. At the same time, full consensus on options may not be achievable and tradeoffs and choices will likely be required.


Governance

The Board of Governors has decision making authority for the planning process, with the province responsible for adoption of any Land Use Plan amendments. An Advisory Committee on Campus Vision 2050 and Rapid Transit will provide advice to the Board of Governors throughout the process given the integrated nature of transportation and land use planning and the close dependencies between these two strategic initiatives. The process will also closely align with the Musqueam Relationship Agreement work underway, and include the co-development of a unique UBC-Musqueam engagement approach.

The UBC Executive will provide Campus + Community Planning with input and guidance through the process, along with a Community Advisory Committee, reflecting the interest of the UBC community and Musqueam, and technical level advisory committees to coordinate across the administration and with external agencies.

Academic engagement, in addition to the range of community engagement activities and events, will include input and advice from the Provost’s Office, the Committee of Deans, the Senate Academic Building Needs Committee, the UBC Planning and Property Advisory Committee as well as direct engagement with departments across the institution.

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) will be engaged as an advisory body to the Board on matters that directly impact the experience of those living in the university neighbourhoods.

UBC Properties Trust will be engaged throughout the process in the role as master developer of UBC’s neighbourhoods and developer and manager of UBC-affiliated housing in the neighbourhoods. This includes providing UBC with advice on the financial considerations of different options for future residential development.

You can learn more about the governance of Campus Vision 2050 by accessing the Preliminary Terms of Reference (Link opens a pdf).

Governance structure behind Campus Vision 2050.


Campus Vision 2050 will be developed through comprehensive engagement with the campus community and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and informed by existing UBC policy, principles, future space needs and societal imperatives. The process also incorporates feedback from focus groups held as part of the pre-planning work that concluded in December 2021.

Community input and feedback will be used to help envision the future we want to see for the campus and assess trade-offs and choices for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the complexity of interests, needs and aspirations.

Each phase of the process will build on and adapt to what is learned through engagement and technical analysis.

Existing university policies, critical university needs, and direction from the Board of Governors will provide a framework, and the engagement process will be highly responsive to emerging issues and ideas.


Campus Vision 2050 timeline

Major stages and milestones in the Campus Vision 2050 process.


Where we have been

In late 2021, UBC Campus + Community Planning developed Preliminary Terms of Reference for Campus Vision 2050, with input from the administration, discussions with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm representatives and focus groups with the UBC community.

This pre-planning process identified preliminary needs and aspirations for the future of the campus. Organized under eight themes, the needs and aspirations reflect a preliminary assessment of community interests and articulate a range of institutional commitments and policy priorities, as well as preliminary growth needs, goals and actions that the process will address.


Illustration of an open book
Illustration of a world map
Illustration of two tall apartment buildings
Academic Mission
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Campus Indigenous Communities
Climate Action
Affordable Housing




Illustration of a butterfly on a colourful background
Illustration of a leaf
Illustration of a circular road or route
Illustration of four large bubbles
Wellbeing
Ecological Sustainability
Connectivity and Mobility
Innovation and Partnerships


Needs and Aspirations (January - April 2022)

The first phase of Campus Vision 2050 focused on further exploring, enriching and refining the needs and aspirations and identifying areas of compatibility and synergy between them and areas where there may be tensions.

This work will result in the Final Terms of Reference, which will include guiding principles and strategies that will guide the rest of the process as we develop and assess a wide range of planning options for the future.

What we are working towards

Campus Vision 2050 will result in:

  • 30-Year Campus Vision: a high-level, long-term description of the campus along with a series of conceptual plans and diagrams. It will address areas such as land uses, transportation, open space and ecological relationships and connections, where, when and generally how much development there will be, places where there will be no development, and the general look and feel of the campus. As part of this phase, the timing and proposed form of development of the future Stadium Neighbourhood will be considered and adjusted in the context of the long-term vision for the campus.
  • Updated Land Use Plan: covers the entire campus, including academic and neighbourhood housing areas,* and establishes the long-term direction for land use on campus, including policies for building heights, neighbourhood densities, and open space amounts.
  • 10-Year Campus Plan: will guide how academic facilities, housing, transportation systems, green and open space, and community amenities are accommodated over the next 10 years in alignment with the 30-Year Vision.

*Before a neighbourhood area can be built, a Neighbourhood Plan is prepared that details the layout and development program, following the policies set out in the Land Use Plan.


You can find more information about land use planning at UBC here (links to the Campus + Community planning website).


What Campus Vision 2050 will include

Campus Vision 2050 will focus on the physical development of the Vancouver campus, both academic and neighbourhood lands and result in updates to UBCs Land Use Plan and a new 10-Year Campus Plan. It will include:

  • Overall spatial layout of the campus, including the relationships between land use, development and the ecological, social, and physical connectivity requirements for a healthy thriving community of the future.
  • Defining areas of growth and no growth.
  • Exploration of academic and neighbourhood development and density ranges, and corresponding proportions of services, amenities and open space.
  • Changes to existing land use policies will be considered including: land use categories and boundaries and future neighbourhood development amounts and building heights.
  • Areas of opportunity within existing neighbourhoods or precincts will also be reviewed in the context of the future needs.
  • Coordination with broader planning that is considering how UBC’s physical presence in Metro Vancouver will evolve, including at UBC Robson Square, UBC Learning Exchange, Great Northern Way Campus, and other existing and potential sites across the region, including Surrey.
  • Quick start projects that can demonstrate action on immediate campus needs.


Engagement approach

Campus Vision 2050 involves comprehensive, transparent and inclusive engagement.

The engagement process will build on the Engagement Principles from the Engagement Charter and lessons learned from previous planning processes. It will forefront equity, diversity and inclusion approaches for broader representation, including building partnerships with groups who are historically marginalized and underrepresented and offering a range of opportunities to meaningfully engage multiple audiences with diverse needs. Engagement opportunities will include a Community Advisory Committee, targeted meetings with campus groups, campus-wide events, smaller group sessions, design charrettes, expert panels, workshops, walking tours, pop-up events, surveys and an online portal.


xʷməθkʷəy̓əm engagement

UBC and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm are co-creating an engagement process for integrating xʷməθkʷəy̓əm input into Campus Vision 2050.

The engagement process will seek to understand and incorporate xʷməθkʷəy̓əm values, needs and interests at each stage of Campus Vision 2050. This will complement and build upon ongoing initiatives between UBC and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm as well as incorporate learnings from the engagement approach used by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm for their Comprehensive Community Plan, including activities and events to engage both xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Council and the broader xʷməθkʷəy̓əm community.


Planning approach

Campus Vision 2050 will ensure the future direction for the campus builds on what makes UBC a special place and enhances the livability and character of the campus within its unique context.

It will address the complexity of needs and aspirations through a whole systems approach that considers the social, ecological, cultural and financial dimensions of the plan holistically, to create a net-positive benefit for the campus, including sustainable growth of the endowment.

To do so, Campus Vision 2050 will:

  • explore and assess a wide range of development scenarios against qualitative and quantitative measures for optimizing value and benefit to the university, the community and the land, including:
    1. xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and campus Indigenous community values, land use efficiency, campus character and livability, urban design, open space, social and community wellbeing, climate, natural systems health; and
    2. the financial viability of different neighbourhood development scenarios, including the ability to support affordable housing for the UBC community and the broader region and future contributions to other university priorities such as UBC’s Endowment Fund and a potential financial contribution to bring SkyTrain to UBC;
  • employ methods, processes and approaches that specifically seek out the best relationships and proportions among all the parts so the campus community and ecology thrive as an integrated whole; and
  • support the development of planning options with technical and design analysis and metrics, leading urban design and sustainable community planning research, and promising practices review.

Guiding principles and criteria, technical and design analysis, and community input and feedback will assist in generating and assessing a range of options for how the university uses its lands to best respond to the needs and aspirations.

The process will strive to maximize synergies and co-benefits in order to meet as many of the institutional and collective needs and aspirations as possible. At the same time, full consensus on options may not be achievable and tradeoffs and choices will likely be required.


Governance

The Board of Governors has decision making authority for the planning process, with the province responsible for adoption of any Land Use Plan amendments. An Advisory Committee on Campus Vision 2050 and Rapid Transit will provide advice to the Board of Governors throughout the process given the integrated nature of transportation and land use planning and the close dependencies between these two strategic initiatives. The process will also closely align with the Musqueam Relationship Agreement work underway, and include the co-development of a unique UBC-Musqueam engagement approach.

The UBC Executive will provide Campus + Community Planning with input and guidance through the process, along with a Community Advisory Committee, reflecting the interest of the UBC community and Musqueam, and technical level advisory committees to coordinate across the administration and with external agencies.

Academic engagement, in addition to the range of community engagement activities and events, will include input and advice from the Provost’s Office, the Committee of Deans, the Senate Academic Building Needs Committee, the UBC Planning and Property Advisory Committee as well as direct engagement with departments across the institution.

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) will be engaged as an advisory body to the Board on matters that directly impact the experience of those living in the university neighbourhoods.

UBC Properties Trust will be engaged throughout the process in the role as master developer of UBC’s neighbourhoods and developer and manager of UBC-affiliated housing in the neighbourhoods. This includes providing UBC with advice on the financial considerations of different options for future residential development.

You can learn more about the governance of Campus Vision 2050 by accessing the Preliminary Terms of Reference (Link opens a pdf).

Governance structure behind Campus Vision 2050.


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